Source: Limmud FSU
More than 800 Russian-speaking Israelis between 20 and 40 years old, many with their children, gathered Dec. 11-13, 2014 for Limmud FSU’s Festival of the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) at Kibbutz Ginosar. The event was held in collaboration with the Jordan Valley Regional Council, and with the support of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, the Israeli Ministry of Absorption, the Jewish National Fund, and others.
Limmud FSU’s Festival of the Sea of Galilee, which included many first-time participants, celebrated the Zionist poet Rachel Bluwstein, known as Rachel the Poetess (Rachel HaMeshosheret in Hebrew). Rachel was born in Saratov, Russia, then lived and worked in the Galilee. She is considered the founding mother of modern Hebrew poetry by women. At the opening event on Dec. 11, an original musical based on Rachel’s songs and produced by the Acting School “Beit Zvi” premiered, while musician and singer Marina Maximilian closed the event with a gala concert.
Limmud FSU Kinneret featured a wide range of leading figures from Israel and beyond, including acclaimed author Amos Oz; Supreme Court Justice Elyakim Rubinstein; Founder of Limmud FSU Chaim Chesler; Vice President of the Immigration and Absorption of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Eli Cohen; MK Elazar Stern; food writer Gil Hovav; linguist Avshalom Kor; Rabbi Menachem Hacohen; military historian and philosopher Uri Millstein; political strategist Yoram Dori; and author and historian Muki Tzur. Others dignitaries included Chairman of the International Steering Committee of Limmud FSU Matthew Bronfman; and Chairman of the Jordan Valley Regional Council Yossi Vardi.
The three-day volunteer-run festival was the sixth Limmud FSU in Israel (previous events in Israel took place in Ashkelon, Beersheva, Jerusalem and Upper Nazareth). Limmud FSU Kinneret included more than 120 workshops, tours, exhibitions, cultural events and lectures on art, literature, Zionism, Jewish history, and a wide range of activities for adults and children – all of whom have an Israeli and Jewish background. The Festival of the Galilee featured a special program for families with children showcasing the many sides of Israel.
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